Monday, February 4, 2013

What is Critical Pedagogy?

      Critical pedagogy looks at political, social, pedagogical, and economic aspects of life and how it has impacted our daily lives.  One can analyze a set foundation or framework.  One begins to ask questions. Those questions will identify a problem. A problem can be anything related to our society. Some examples can be class, race, education, civil rights, etc.  Analyzing the problem will then lead to a seeking ways of dealing or illuminating the concern. Change is the outcome of identifying a problem by taking actiong. Critical pedagogy is the constant push of continuing to seek a desired outcome.

Pablo Freire's critical pedagogy seeks to "make oppression and its causes objects of reflection by the oppressed" with the hope that "reflection will come liberation" (Tony Monchinski, 2008).  To Peter McLaren it is "a way of thinking about, negotiating, and transforming the relationship among classroom teaching, the production of knowledge, the institutional structures of the school, and the social and material relations of the wider community, society, and nation-state" ( Monchinski, (2008).

       How does it look like?

It may appear as political oriented as it can  lead to opposing an issue.  However, taken a stand and acting upon it in order to benefit society in order to promote equality.  

I came across a power point on critical pedagogy while I was browsing the web.  It has several slides on Paulo Freire and other theorists that are associated with critical pedagogy .  The power point helped me to better understand how this philosophy can be applied in a school setting.  It can be a great teaching tool as well as reference material.

 Critical Pedagogy ppt
ppt can be found on this website   (

Wink, J.: Figure 5.1 Critical Roots
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